Corvette Dominates Imola Race

The GLPK-Carsport Corvette became the fourth different car to win in the 2005 FIA GT Championship in as many races, after dominating today's event at Imola

Corvette Dominates Imola Race

The car of Bert Longin, Anthony Kumpen and Mike Hezemans dominated the race, leading from pole position, and finishing more than 19 seconds ahead of the Ferrari 550 of Pedro Lamy and Gabriele Gardel.

Fabio Babini and Thomas Biagi ensured that Maserati secured their fourth successive podium finish with third place.

The Ferrari of Jaime Melo and Jean-Phillipe Belloc had looked like it would finish in second position after an impressive climb from 11th on the grid. However, a late race drive-through penalty for having too many people working on Belloc in the pitlane meant he fell to third, before being passed by the Maserati.

Belloc eventually finished sixth, having run out of fuel three laps from the end.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Drivers Make Time 1. Longin/Kumpen/Hezemans Corvette C5R 3h01:40.505 2. Lamy/Gardel Ferrari 550 Maranello + 19.264 3. Babini/Biagi Maserati MC12 GT1 + 24.005 4. Bertolini/Wendlinger Maserati MC12 GT1 + 53.757 5. Peter/Buncombe/Rusinov Maserati MC12 GT1 + 1 Lap 6. Melo/Belloc Ferrari 575 Maranello + 3 Laps 7. Collard/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 3 Laps 8. Lieb/Rockenfeller Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 3 Laps 9. Balfe/Derbyshire Mosler MT900R + 8 Laps 10. Casoni/Varini/Panzavuota Saleen S7 R + 9 Laps 11. Kaufmann/Moro Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 9 Laps 12. Ried/Ried Porsche 996 GT3 RS + 9 Laps 13. Moccia/Busnelli Porsche 996 GT3 RSR + 10 Laps 14. Vonka/Amaduzzi/Castro Porsche 996 GT3 RS + 11 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Drivers Make On Lap Stanco/Janus Saleen S7 R 66 Lechner/Bobbi Saleen S7 R 46 Becker/Hermann Saleen S7 R 43 Wilson/MacAri Ferrari 360 Modena 38 Kuppens/Leinders Vertigo Streiff 30 Bartels/Scheider Maserati MC12 GT1 27 Keen/Halliday Lister Storm GT 22 Deletraz/Piccini Ferrari 575 Maranello 21 Ruberti/Camathias Saleen S7 R 11 Bouchut/Fomenko/Vasiliev Ferrari 550 Maranello 3 FASTEST LAPS: Class Drivers Make Lap GT1 Longin/Kumpen/Hezemans Corvette C5R 1:47.868 GT2 Collard/Sugden Porsche 996 GT3 RSR 1:52.567 G2 Balfe/Derbyshire Mosler MT900R 1:54.647 
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